Most ordinary people lack the discipline, years of extreme training and Olympic-sized aspirations of an elite athlete like Phelps. So why do we push people to "do more", "do harder", and "do longer" when we fail to reach our performance objectives? Even Phelps couldn't simply rely on his raw talent to get him through those times. A lack of identity – of knowing "who we are" – leaves us vulnerable to those times when doing isn't enough. When the spotlight isn't on and the stadiums are empty and we're left to deal with our own reality.
Pressure can be a double edged sword. It heightens senses and can boost performance. But over time, it can also overwhelm and even cripple teams. Learn the lesson I gained from my own experiences as a manager and coach.
Studies have shown that being positive leads to greater success - the ability to think strategically and creatively, improve relationships and boost overall health. Here are 5 simple things you can do to jump-start a more positive, successful life.